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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264584

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264584.001.0001

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Wordsworth and the Druids

Wordsworth and the Druids

Warton Lecture on English Poetry

(p.211) Wordsworth and the Druids
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 162, 2008 Lectures


British Academy

This lecture presents the text of the speech about English poet William Wordsworth and the druids delivered by the author at the 2008 Warton Lecture on English Poetry held at the British Academy. It provides an analysis of the beginning of Book III of The Excursion and explains the concepts of the Poet, the Wanderer, and the Solitary. The lecture suggests that Wordsworth's characters inhabit a common land until modernity takes it away from them, and that this dissolves the natural regenerative seasonal cycle in which humans now find it so difficult to live and work.

Keywords:   William Wordsworth, druids, English poet, The Excursion, seasonal cycle, Warton Lecture, British Academy

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